1. Small or narrow in proportion to the length or the height; not thick; slim; as, a slender stem or stalk of a plant. A slender, choleric man. She, as a veil down to the slender waist, Her unadorned golden tresses wore. (milton)
2. Weak; feeble; not strong; slight; as, slender hope; a slender constitution. Mighty hearts are held in slender chains. (pope) They have inferred much from slender premises. (J. H. Newman) The slender utterance of the consonants. (J. Byrne)
Origin: OE. Slendre, sclendre, fr. OD. Slinder thin, slender, perhaps through a French form; cf. OD. Slinderen, slidderen, to creep; perh. Akin to E. Slide.